Atheism requires as much faith as religion?

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Atheism requires as much faith as religion? bearvspuma : The only problem with this rationalization is that ita s assuming all athiests are so because theya re intelligent in the ways of science and reasoning and all people that believe in a form of god are unintelligent.

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#128785 Oct 9, 2012
Gate Keeper 1 wrote:
<quoted text>I lost my virginity. In the gay community.
MC Doc bustin some rhymes.

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#128786 Oct 9, 2012
Dave Nelson wrote:
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Did you read the whole article?
"Very early one morning four years ago, I awoke with an extremely intense headache. Within hours, my entire cortex—the part of the brain that controls thought and emotion and that in essence makes us human—had shut down. Doctors at Lynchburg General Hospital in Virginia, a hospital where I myself worked as a neurosurgeon, determined that I had somehow contracted a very rare bacterial meningitis that mostly attacks newborns. E. coli bacteria had penetrated my cerebrospinal fluid and were eating my brain.
When I entered the emergency room that morning, my chances of survival in anything beyond a vegetative state were already low. They soon sank to near nonexistent. For seven days I lay in a deep coma, my body unresponsive, my higher-order brain functions totally offline."
"All the chief arguments against near-death experiences suggest that these experiences are the results of minimal, transient, or partial malfunctioning of the cortex. My near-death experience, however, took place not while my cortex was malfunctioning, but while it was simply off. This is clear from the severity and duration of my meningitis, and from the global cortical involvement documented by CT scans and neurological examinations. According to current medical understanding of the brain and mind, there is absolutely no way that I could have experienced even a dim and limited consciousness during my time in the coma, much less the hyper-vivid and completely coherent odyssey I underwent."
"I’ve spent decades as a neurosurgeon at some of the most prestigious medical institutions in our country. I know that many of my peers hold—as I myself did—to the theory that the brain, and in particular the cortex, generates consciousness and that we live in a universe devoid of any kind of emotion, much less the unconditional love that I now know God and the universe have toward us. But that belief, that theory, now lies broken at our feet. What happened to me destroyed it, and I intend to spend the rest of my life investigating the true nature of consciousness and making the fact that we are more, much more, than our physical brains as clear as I can, both to my fellow scientists and to people at large."
I did read the entire article, Dave. Here is what caught my eye.
Alexander wrote:
Then, on the morning of my seventh day in the hospital, as my doctors weighed whether to discontinue treatment, my eyes popped open.
He obviously wasn't as incapable of consciousness as was thought.

He doesn't attempt to explain how he went from essentially brain dead, with a doctor looking to see if they should discontinue to brain alive, in the blink of an eye. Obviously the machinery and all indications were pointing to his being a vegetable.

Yet, he blinks his eyes, voilà! From brain dead to brain function in a blink?

He continues...
Alexander wrote:
There is no scientific explanation for the fact that while my body lay in coma, my mind—my conscious, inner self—was alive and well.
There is no fact involved above at all - that he experienced what he claims while in a coma.

It could have occurred as he slipped into a coma, as he was exiting the coma, or, a dream later on.

There is no fact involved there, its an assertion, an anecdote.
Alexander wrote:
But as far as I know, no one before me has ever traveled to this dimension (a) while their cortex was completely shut down, and (b) while their body was under minute medical observation, as mine was for the full seven days of my coma.
Minute medical observation? The cortex jumps from an infected and ravaged - completely shut down -(no go)- to - GO!- in the blink of an eye?

It's just an anecdotal story, Dave.

That's all.

That it is a doctor relaying the story adds no weight or special relevance.

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#128787 Oct 9, 2012
Dave Nelson wrote:
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Since the first time you gave a teacher the "right" answer, you have been hooked. Those were basic and relevant things, reading, writing, arithmetic, but as time went on you got into the "correct" and "accepted" view of things way past that. You became trained to think a certain logic, which are less "correct".
Political views start getting shaped by at least junior high.
And you, of course, are completely free from every possible influence. You have never spoken to another human.

Seriously though dave, not everyone is an ignorant puppet enslaved by the education gods. Obviously, primary education has as one it's main goals the production of good, obedient citizens - but that doesn't mean that everyone who gets educated turns into a mindless husk. Education is at it's best when new and controversial ideas get bounced around, which is why tenure exists.

And why are you talking about my political views?

I really don't think anything convince you that the strange little narrative you have constructed in your mind - that you are right and everyone else is a mindless zombie - is wrong.

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#128788 Oct 9, 2012
Dave Nelson wrote:
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No, not every, but it only takes a few.
Ok? What does that have to do with me?

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#128789 Oct 9, 2012
Please explain how life came to be.

“What's left to defend?”

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Freedom

#128795 Oct 9, 2012
preterism wrote:
Please explain how life came to be.
Sperm and egg?

Or did you have the hash browns?

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#128796 Oct 9, 2012
The Church of Christ is the ONLY church of the bible.

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#128797 Oct 9, 2012
preterism wrote:
Please explain how life came to be.
It woke up and was hungry , the rest is history.:)

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Freedom

#128798 Oct 9, 2012
preterism wrote:
The Church of Christ is the ONLY church of the bible.
What happened to the Church of Biblical Proportions?

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#128799 Oct 9, 2012
Tide with Beach wrote:
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What happened to the Church of Biblical Proportions?
Anna Nicole Smith?

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Long Beach, CA

#128800 Oct 9, 2012
Tide with Beach wrote:
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What happened to the Church of Biblical Proportions?
It won the 36-24-36 award.

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#128801 Oct 9, 2012
Gate Keeper 1 wrote:
<quoted text>Mental Yam gettin busted, again. BAHHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA. ....your dad.
Face it, big boi. I'll always be better at this than you are. No matter how much you spit and struggle, my boot will always end up on your throat. Deal with it and move on.

Big meaty bone?

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#128802 Oct 9, 2012
Tide with Beach wrote:
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What happened to the Church of Biblical Proportions?
When and what made you to believe there is no God.

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#128803 Oct 9, 2012
so atheists have faith in being intelligent and theists have faith in being unintelligent?

lol jk

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#128804 Oct 9, 2012
Gate Keeper 1 wrote:
<quoted text>And you, of course, are completely free from every possible influence. You have never spoken to another human.
Seriously though Timmy, not everyone is an ignorant puppet enslaved by the uneducation gays. Obviously, gay education has as one it's main goals the production of bad, disobedient citizens - but that doesn't mean that everyone who gets gay educated turns into a mindless husk. Gay education is at it's best when new and controversial ideas get bounced around, which is why NAMBLA exists.
And why are you talking about gay political views?
I really don't think anything convince you that the strange little narrative you have constructed in your mind - that you are right and everyone else is a mindless zombie - is wrong.
What is wrong with you? Why are you so preoccupied with gay people?

“What's left to defend?”

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Freedom

#128805 Oct 9, 2012
preterism wrote:
<quoted text> When and what made you to believe there is no God.
Do you mean God, or any god?

“There is no such thing”

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as a reasonable person

#128806 Oct 9, 2012
Hidingfromyou wrote:
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So...if someone calls you a rapist, you turn into one?
I'm going to try a different tactic:
You extremely rich and giving young man!
(my address is...)
It half worked.

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#128807 Oct 9, 2012
preterism wrote:
<quoted text> When and what made you to believe there is no God.
For me, it's not so much about a god.

I don't believe in anything supernatural. ANYTHING. No hexes, fairies, ghosts, witches, gods, seers, astrology, superstitions.

Gods just happen to be part of this supernatural stuff that I don't believe in.

I don't discriminate against gods, or any god.

For me, if isn't real, it isn't.....

“What's left to defend?”

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#128808 Oct 9, 2012
Lil Ticked wrote:
<quoted text>It half worked.
The Viagra?

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justify your deity?

#128809 Oct 9, 2012
scaritual wrote:
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I did read the entire article, Dave. Here is what caught my eye.
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He obviously wasn't as incapable of consciousness as was thought.
He doesn't attempt to explain how he went from essentially brain dead, with a doctor looking to see if they should discontinue to brain alive, in the blink of an eye. Obviously the machinery and all indications were pointing to his being a vegetable.
Yet, he blinks his eyes, voilà! From brain dead to brain function in a blink?
He continues...
<quoted text>
There is no fact involved above at all - that he experienced what he claims while in a coma.
It could have occurred as he slipped into a coma, as he was exiting the coma, or, a dream later on.
There is no fact involved there, its an assertion, an anecdote.
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Minute medical observation? The cortex jumps from an infected and ravaged - completely shut down -(no go)- to - GO!- in the blink of an eye?
It's just an anecdotal story, Dave.
That's all.
That it is a doctor relaying the story adds no weight or special relevance.
Well said. Dave admitted to brain damage, so he probably can't conceive of understanding you.

Anyways, check this out:

http://www.break.com/pictures/floating-eye573...

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